Caring for the terminally ill requires accepting and planning for the eventuality of death, while creating an atmosphere that provides comfort and compassion to both the patient and their family. Hospice care recognizes the patient’s right to self-determination and decision-making.
Hospice program goals are:
- Self-determined life closure — anticipating death, mentally competent residents will have autonomy to make decisions about how the remainder of their life is spent, within the allowances of law.
- Safe and comfortable dying — the resident will die free of distressing symptoms in an environment that does not aggravate or hasten dying.
- Effective grieving — the expression of grief by family members eventually supports the individuals to adjust to their environment without the deceased and regain the ability to invest in other activities and relationships.